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OK, read this post by Pioneerisloud:
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
...If you have 2 monitors, you can also use one graphics card per monitor too (works well because then your GPU will go into low power 2D mode with only one monitor per GPU).

...
and it got me wondering.

I have a 24" and 19" monitors hooked up to my GTS450, but I have a 785g motherboard also.

90% of the time I use my computer, I am nor really doing anything graphically intensive, and the 19" is only for displaying basic stuff no matter what.
Is there any real benefit to have the 24" on the 450 and move the 19" to the onboard video? Would that even work since one is ATI and the other is Nvidia?
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I dont think that's even possible, having two video cards running at the same time, not in sli or crossfire, with two different displays. I have yet to see it done here or elsewhere. The best would be to just keep them hooked on the 450. I could be wrong, however, I just havent seen it done.
Obviously its not the best card for multi display if gaming but you are not doing anything extreme, you wont see a huge difference if its just browsing and basic data processing.
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I do this with my two monitors and it works fine. The main benefit for me really is the idle temps, because if I use the two monitors in the same card it runs at a higher clock speed even at idle, thus increasing temps. Offloading one to the onboard really made a difference for me.
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I do this with my two monitors and it works fine. The main benefit for me really is the idle temps, because if I use the two monitors in the same card it runs at a higher clock speed even at idle, thus increasing temps. Offloading one to the onboard really made a difference for me.
And that is what I was curious about.
Seems with 2 monitors plugged in, the card never drops to a 2D low power mode. My temps are not bad, but no need to be using 3D power when just surfing the web.
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